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PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS DETAINED ON SUSPICION OF, WAIT FOR IT, STEALING A LADY’S PURSE…

Despite being recently freed from prison, the turbulent saga of Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina continues.

The two were part of a group of ten people, including fellow activists and journalists, who were arrested in Sochi. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were told that they were being detained stemming from an alleged theft from a nearby hotel. Although the duo had not made their trip to Sochi public, they did start live tweet their arrest on Tuesday. Via The Guardian:

The women arrived on Sunday night and were arrested immediately – supposedly to determine their identity, said Alexander Popkov, a lawyer for the women: “Then on Monday they were detained again and questioned for several hours. And then today, for supposed theft from the hotel. Which is being investigated by 12 specialist investigators.”

Eventually, the police decided to drop the charges, and five women including Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina pulled on brightly coloured balaclavas and ran down the steps, singing: ‘Putin will teach you to love the motherland’.

“Our authorities have this amazing ability to organise a scandal,” said Popkov. “If they hadn’t arrested them, there would have been none of this crazy media attention.”

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were later released.